The scientific study of aging is a relatively nascent field of inquiry although philosophic and literary reflections on what it means to grow older appear in the earliest historical records the systematic study of aging began in earnest about a century ago scholarly interest in the topic has accelerated in recent decades due in part to rapid population aging in developed nations. In the gerontological imagination ferraros ambitious goal is to create a paradigm consisting of six interrelated axioms that he hopes will bring coherence to the study of aging and age related processes the concept of a paradigm first became widely used following the publication of thomas kuhns the structure of scientific revolutions . The gerontological imagination provides an integrative paradigm of aging that makes it the first book to identify intellectual common ground among scholars studying aging ferraro identifies an underlying set of principles that constitute a paradigm for the study of aging causality life course analysis multifaceted change heterogeneity . The gerontological imagination provides an integrative overview of the scientific study of aging although investigators from many disciplines study aging concerns have been raised about the intellectual coherence of gerontology precisely because it draws from and contributes to a wide array of disciplines. The gerontological imagination an integrative paradigm of aging is a simultaneously brief and ambitious attempt to pull the vast field of gerontology under one theoretical and philosophical umbrella kenneth f ferraro accomplishes this task by suggesting six axioms that are central to gerontology
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